Facebook Users: Lazy, Dumb and Jealous?

by Darko Johnson

A lot of people have been gaining attention lately by publishing studies on Facebook (not surprisingly, most of them are negative.) Are the conclusions of these studies true?

Do Facebook users have lower grades?

What Facebook Users Share - Lower Grades

The above picture is from a Time.com story which is on a study done by some guy from Ohio State University. He supposedly proved that Facebook users have lower grades than non-Facebook users (in other words, saying that Facebook users are either dumb or lazy.)

Is this true? I don’t know, but neither does the guy who made this study. He admitted in a WSJ article the study had many flaws (small and skewed sample size.) Plus, correlation does not imply causation (and this study found a small correlation.)

However, there’s one thing this study proves. There are always stupid news reporters who will make scary headlines out of plain ignorance.

How jealous can Facebook users be?

Facebook fueling Divorce

This article from The Telegraph gives some interesting stories on how/why people used Facebook for divorce:

“Last year a 28-year-old woman ended her marriage after discovering her husband had been having a virtual affair with someone in cyberspace he had never met.”


“Amy Taylor 28, split from David Pollard after discovering he was sleeping with an escort in the game Second Life, a virtual world where people reinvent themselves. “

Weird stuff.

The more time people spend on Facebook…

How Facebook breeds jealousy from Discovery article

In other words, THE MORE TIME YOU SPEND ON FACEBOOK, THE MORE TIME YOU’LL PROBABLY SPEND ON YOUR BOYFRIEND’S/GIRLFRIEND’S PROFILE AND THE MORE JEALOUS YOU ARE. This Discovery article explains the reasons for that, here’s a short summary:

  • It’s too easy to reconnect with your ex (and yeah, it’s easy for your current girlfriend/boyfriend to see the messages you exchanged with your ex.)
  • It’s very easy for your girlfriend/boyfriend to interpret even a simple thing as clicking on “Like” on another girl’s picture as being unfaithful. Just read the stories above of why people above, things will become clear.

Gosh…is there something positive about Facebook? Do you get more friends using it?

Facebook doesn't give you more friends From TechRadar


Oh well, on a positive note, Facebook is great on staying in touch with current friends! Woo hoo!

More cool research on Facebook:

From TrendSpotting: Facebook in pretty charts

From CNET: Narcissists drawn to Facebook

From Sage Publications: Facebook Profiles Reflect Actual Personality, Not Self-Idealization

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